Monsters: Season 1, Episode 11

Rouse Him Not (31 Dec. 1988)

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A painter finds out that something weird lives in her basement.



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Episode credited cast:
John Thunston
Mr. Ritzen
Linda McGuire


A painter finds out that something weird lives in her basement.

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Decent enough Monsters episode featuring a monster.

Monsters: Rouse Him Not starts as painter Linda McGuire (Laraine Newman) is visited by a man named John Thunston (Alex Cord) who is writing an article about local legends & superstitions & Linda's house that she moved into six weeks ago is top of his list of hot spots. While looking for Linda's dog Hardy in the cellar they notice a large hole in the floor which was done by a workman not long previous & that a star shaped pentagram painted on the floor had been destroyed. Then soon after a large slimy monster rises from the hole in search of fresh blood. John decides to stick around & help rid Linda of her unwanted guest using his trusty silver sword...

Episode eleven from season one of Mosters this originally aired in the US during December 1988, directed by special make-up effect's artist Mark Shostrom this is a decent enough way to pass twenty odd minutes but there isn't much to it & it feels like a short promo reel for horror film to attract finance rather than an episodic entry in an anthology series. I mean where's the twist? The script was based on a story by fantasy author Manly Wade Wellman & is a fairly straight forward tale about a monster that is freed from it's tomb after someone moves into a house & releases it by accident. Not that much else happens, there's some religious nonsense about Witchcraft & a silver sword made by an English Saint but the only reason anyone is watching Rouse Him Not is for the monster & it doesn't feature too often & when it does it doesn't have much to do. Rouse Him Not is alright I suppose but there are better Monsters episodes out there & the lack of any twist doesn't help. Oh, one more thing, what happened to Hardy the dog? Everyone seemed to forget about it rather quickly & we never find out it's fate, dog's have feelings as well you know.

Like usual the main point of interest in this Monsters episode is the actual monster itself which in this case is a tall slimy horned demon thing which looks quite impressive & that's where most of the budget went probably. Like most Monsters episodes there's only two sets to it's quite contained & there's only three people in it including veteran TV actor Alex Cord who I best remember from his limping, white suit, eye-patch wearing role in the cheesy TV action series Airwolf (1984 - 1986).

Rouse Him Not is a watchable enough Monsters episode but it's not one of the best & it's more of a short horror film than a anthology style short with a twist ending. Not too bad but not great, fans of the show should like it.

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